This Information Applies To: Agilent GC Systems
The Agilent Gas Clean Carrier Gas Filter delivers faster stabilization times for increased GC productivity, removes oxygen, moisture, and hydrocarbons from the carrier gas for MS applications, and provides ultimate GC column protection. The filter must be replaced before it is consumed.
As gas passes through the filter material, the filter picks up the impurities and eventually becomes saturated over time. When saturation occurs, an increased amount of impurities reaches the indicating material, which causes the material to change color from the top-down.
There are two ways to know when to replace carrier gas filter:
Indicating material color change
When 75% or more of the indicating material’s color has changed, the filter is consumed and must be replaced. See Figure 1. For general instructions on changing Gas Clean filters, see the Agilent Gas Clean Filter System User Manual. For 8890 GC systems with a filter sensor module installed, see this video for filter replacement instructions.
Agilent recommends replacing the Gas Clean Carrier Gas Filter when 75% or more of the indicator’s color has changed (from the top down) or within one year of installation. See Figure 2 for a reference on color change.
Tips: If you are using the gas clean sensor, the sensor’s status indicator will turn yellow once the filter is consumed
High Oxygen and H2O content in GC/MS tune reports
In this case, the user will observe high oxygen percentage (more than 1.5% oxygen) and high moisture content (more than 20% moisture) in Air and Water Check but the nitrogen level is low (less than 5% N2).
Before replacing the Gas Clean Carrier Gas Filter, discard other sources of oxygen and moisture. See the articles: Reviewing the Autotune Report for Agilent 5977 GC/MSD Systems in EI Mode, and How to Check the Air and Water Background in the Agilent 5975 and 5977 GC/MSD.
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